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5. Gender equality

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  • Education and Empowerment over Marriage: Key drivers of Child Marriage in Eastern and Western Provinces in Zambia, and how they can be addressed

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    Child marriage, defined as a legal or informal union between two people before one or both of them turn 18 years old, is a practice that is proportionately affects girls and is linked to several unfavourable health, developmental, familial and social outcomes (1). Eastern and Southern Africa are home to over 50 million child brides, […]

  • Gender and forest resources in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic literature review

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    Consolidating, analysing and synthesizing the empirical literature on gender and forest resources within low- and middle-income countries to unravel the multifaceted factors contributing to gender disparities. This systematic literature review provides a comprehensive understanding of the gender disparities in forest resource management, highlighting the multifaceted impact of gender norms on women’s access to and use […]

  • Nestlé Income Accelerator Program: Progress Report of the Test-at-Scale Phase

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    In 2022, Nestlé launched the Income Accelerator Program in Côte d’Ivoire as part of their ambition to help close the Living Income (LI) gap in their cocoa supply chain and combat the root causes of child labour risks. The current test-at-scale phase involves 10,000 farming households in Côte d’Ivoire, following a previous one-year piloting period among 1,000 farming households. These […]

  • Fenomenal Funds Learning Partner

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    Fenomenal Funds (2019-2025) is a five-year feminist funder collaborative that aims to decolonize philanthropic spaces and shift power through pooled, flexible core funding for women’s funds globally. Fenomenal Funds have been working with close to 50 women’s funds from the Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF), using a shared governance model and participatory grant-making.   […]

  • Mid-term evaluation of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) programme 2021-2025

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    This report presents the findings of the mid-term evaluation (MTE) of the second phase of IDH’s Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA), funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ISLA programme was first launched in 2015 and is now half-way its second funding period (2021-2025). In view thereof, the purpose of this MTE is—besides accountability to […]

  • Community bylaws concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights in Traditional Authority Chiwalo, Machinga district, southern Malawi

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    To what extent are they responsive to young people’s needs? Community bylaws are commonly accepted mechanisms to influence behaviour change to achieve better health and development outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the uses, benefits, and potential downsides of community bylaws are largely unclear, especially regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people. […]

  • Gendered social norms in agrifood systems

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    A conceptual framework Social norms are widely accepted, informal, typically unspoken and unwritten rules of acceptable, appropriate, and obligatory behavior. They are often implicit, to the point where people internalize, accept, and follow them without critical thought.  Social norms are strongly linked to, but different from, behavior: they govern a behavior but are not the […]

  • Studying a gender responsive vaccine system: retrospective analysis of best methods

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    This methodological paper introduces four projects, all of which aimed to increase women’s engagement in and benefit from the livestock vaccine value chains of small ruminants and poultry by improving women’s empowerment and supporting women’s access to animal health services. All four projects used a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand the […]

  • Women’s sexual rights and empowerment beyond the liberal paradigm:

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    Understanding sexuality and power relations from the life experiences of young women Women’s sexuality was originally included in the development agenda mainly in relation to health and risks. With time, it has started to be understood also through the lenses of the ‘empowerment’ and ‘rights’ approaches. This chapter looks at the way in which young […]

  • Evaluation of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) programme

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    In september 2023, KIT completed a mid-term evaluation of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes, an international land use management programme of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The evaluation assesses whether ISLA is on track to reach its goals, and provides recommendations for the second half of the programme. […]

  • Gender dynamics in agrifood value chains: Advances in research and practice over the last decade

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    This paper reviews knowledge generated over the past 10 years on gendered patterns to engagement, returns on engagement, and power relations in agrifood value chains. It examines how research has advanced, evidence of improvements in gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the circumstances under which any advances have happened. Gender inequalities in value chains remain […]

  • “You are a child and this is not your business”: Decision-making on child marriage in Sindh, Pakistan

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    Young people in Pakistan face challenges such as child marriage, which have adverse consequences on their education, employment, health and overall well-being.  We conducted interviews (26) and focus group discussions (12) with young people (15 to 24 years) and community stakeholders to understand how child marriage is perceived by them and to gain insight into […]